Africa

Ban calls for compliance with arms embargo in Côte d’Ivoire

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for full compliance with the United Nations arms embargo placed on Côte d’Ivoire after reports that attack helicopters have been provided to forces loyal to former president Laurent Gbagbo.

Senior UN official to visit DR Congo ahead of mass vaccination for polio outbreak

With a polio outbreak rapidly spreading in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) begins a four-day visit tomorrow to meet with key government officials ahead of a mass campaign to vaccinate over 14 million children.

Côte d'Ivoire: UN peacekeepers wounded in an ambush north of Abidjan

Three United Nations peacekeepers in Côte d'Ivoire have been wounded in an ambush in a suburb of the country's commercial capital, Abidjan, the UN mission said today, condemning acts of violence against its troops on Friday and Saturday, during which four of its vehicles were also damaged.

Ban welcomes resolution of situation in UN compound in Gabon

regarding a group of people in Gabon who had been in the compound of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the country's capital, Libreville, since 25 January.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN chief voices concern over worsening violence, urges restraint

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced deep concern over the deteriorating situation in Côte d’Ivoire, deploring recent clashes between rival groups as well as threats against the United Nations, including a call to impede the movement of peacekeepers.

Guinea-Bissau needs to do more to fight trans-national drug trade, says UN envoy

Guinea-Bissau still has a long way to go in fighting impunity, drug trafficking, organized crime, and other “remaining triggers of instability” in a country that has for years been dogged by war, coups, coup attempts and assassinations, a senior United Nations official warned today.

Ban calls on Security Council to consider immediate steps to stop killings in Libya

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the Security Council to consider immediately concrete steps against Libyan President Muammar Al-Qadhafi’s Government for its deadly repression of protesters, with options ranging from sanctions to assured punishment.

Ban reports progress in efforts to end Equatorial Guinea-Gabon border dispute

The leaders of Equatorial Guinea and Gabon today reiterated their commitment to submit their longstanding border dispute to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), with the aim of resolving the matter as soon as possible, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reported today.

UN envoy urges people of Darfur to participate in new dialogue initiative

The head of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID), Ibrahim Gambari, has urged inhabitants of the troubled Sudanese region to engage in dialogue to find a solution to their protracted conflict, saying a process of popular consultations would soon begin.

Somalia: UN voices alarm over plight of trapped civilians as fighting intensifies

The United Nations today voiced alarm over the plight of Somali civilians caught up in the fighting pitting forces of the country’s transitional government, who are backed by African Union peacekeepers, against insurgents of the Al-Shabaab armed group.